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Military Memoirs of a Confederate: A Critical Narrative Kindle Edition
"As Alexander drew lessons from the battles, so a lesson can be drawn from his book--that the finest military history may be written by a soldier who is also a scholar."-- "T. Harry Williams, American historian"
"Altogether the best critique of the operations of the Army of Northern Virginia."-- "Douglas Southall Freeman, Pulitzer Prize-winning author" --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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- ASIN : B00J75IUQK
- Publisher : Skyhorse (6 May 2014)
- Language : English
- File size : 8270 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 662 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,256,076 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It tends to get quite wearing and where the Federal effort is recognised as being superior then the phrase 'dammed with faint praise' comes to mind. Every Confederate failure isn't due to Federal superiority but due to their own errors. Any Federal Generals who the author thinks of as being good are of course only the ones who are killed. We even get the repeated anecdote that Grant was constantly drunk for just about the entire last phase, of which there is little evidence. Robert E Lee never failed it was his subordinates failures that lead to the defeats, though strangely Alexander is a whole lot less damming of Longstreet's performance at Gettysburg than his contemporaries such as Early, who off course was as culpable as any other General, there, but made a post bellum career out of criticising Longstreet.
So, worth reading in historical context but bearing in mind where the authors loyalties lay.
The only issue I have is with the very basic publication. If you can live with this and are only interested in the read, and not necessarily a decent looking book to add to your library, then buy on. Otherwise, you might think to look elsewhere.